Who We Are


Justin Bedard – Executive Director

Justin Bedard – Executive Director

Born in Lilongwei, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring the depth and history of culture in China. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand and is the Executive Director of the JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise focused on leadership development. Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation, and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world. Justin has filled his life with adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness. He is a co-founder of the JUMP! Foundation and has been a key driving force behind JUMP’s growth and development since 2006.

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Stuart Clark – Director of JUMP! Global

Stuart Clark – Director of JUMP! Global

Stuart has a passion for helping people, groups and organizations reach their highest potential and make a positive difference in their communities. He has a background in leadership training, team-building, experiential education, wilderness guiding, youth and child services, non-profit organizational consulting and community development.

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Lars Nielsen – HR Manager

Lars Nielsen – HR Manager

Lars is Danish but has been living overseas for the last 15 years, either as a Peacekeeper in Bosnia & Kosovo, a summer camp Counselor & Director in New England, or an outdoor experiential education Instructor, Coordinator, Manager & Director in Hong Kong and Thailand. He’s a Science & Physical Education teacher but soon switched the classroom with the great outdoors, feeling that youth needs to learn more than what’s taught in school to be successful and fully rounded individuals and global citizens. With a young son, Lars interests of flying and caving have recently been superseded by more paternal endeavors.

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Lindsay Bailey – Bangkok Partnership Manager

Lindsay Bailey – Bangkok Partnership Manager

Lindsay grew up in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph, Lindsay explored her passion for culture, traveling, and food by moving to India. Living there, she discovered her interest in community development while working for a small NGO in Jaipur.

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Carson Townsend – International Partnership Manager

Carson Townsend – International Partnership Manager

Carson hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the most beautiful sky in the world. Carson has lived in Chile, Morocco, Spain, and New England (which he considers to be a foreign country), and over the course of his escapades, he has developed a passion for coffee-snobbery, urban cycling, and youth empowerment, the lattermost passion leading him to JUMP!

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Aditi Agrawal – GLC Manager @ Ivanhoe Grammar School and Australia Partnerships

Aditi Agrawal – GLC Manager @ Ivanhoe Grammar School and Australia Partnerships

Aditi envisions a world where every child is smarter and kinder; and where both their minds and hearts have been educated. She is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and exploration.

Aditi got her first taste for entrepreneurship when she started and grew her first NGO at the age of 17. Since then, she has worked across the globe in the education sector, as a program manager, curriculum designer and facilitator, teacher, researcher, content developer, designer and impact evaluator.

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Ali Meighan – International Program Director

Ali Meighan – International Program Director

Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Ali Meighan’s passion for travel was sparked through a high school trip to China. This initial experience prompted her to return to China to study abroad during college, where she was able to blend her love of art, history, and Asian culture. After receiving her bachelor’s in Art History from Syracuse University, Ali returned to China once more, where she inadvertently fell into the world of education. She spent four years teaching English and Geography at an international school in Shanghai, an experience which ignited her love of working with international youth.

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Eric Dooley-Feldman – Southeast Asia Program Director

Eric Dooley-Feldman – Southeast Asia Program Director

Eric Dooley-Feldman has worked as an outdoor guide, counselor, coach, and educator throughout the world. After graduating from Connecticut College with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology in 2009, he moved to Wyoming to pursue a passion for outdoor adventure and exploration. Since then, Eric has served as a Naturalist throughout the National Parks and Forests of California, an adventure guide for students in Costa Rica, a community service and cultural immersion trip leader in Ecuador, a master senior field guide for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, a guidance counselor in residential group homes, and an alpine ski coach for 10-14 year old racers in the Tetons of Wyoming.

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Pawel Pasek – Program Operations Manager

Pawel Pasek – Program Operations Manager

Paw hails from Poznan, Poland. After spending a few months in Turkey, he became interested in experiential education after counseling winter camps in his home country, then first leading students through the Appalachia Mountains at Camp Becket in Massachusetts and finally managing the camp trekking trips after three years.

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Mary Ulseth – Program Manager

Mary Ulseth – Program Manager

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary Ulseth’s passion for travel and interest in cultural exchange has a long and varied history. It began in Latin America, where she discovered her love for foreign languages, community development, and salsa dancing. She further pursued these endeavors in college by majoring in Anthropology and Global Development Studies and since then has continued to explore issues surrounding women’s rights, social justice, and experiential education in Southeast Asia.

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Jasnam Sachathep – Program Manager

Jasnam Sachathep – Program Manager

Jasnam Sachathep is a Thai-Indian who has lived in Bangkok all her life. She is is passionate about bringing change to Thailand and the world, and she has worked in the public sector with many different NGOs since she her days in university. Jasnam got her Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in M.A., USA in triple majors Economics, Sociology and International Global Studies.

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Nick Hathaway – Program Officer (PIA Fellow)

Nick Hathaway – Program Officer (PIA Fellow)

Nick spent his youth between the cityscape of St. Louis and camping in the rural plains of Missouri. He studied journalism while at university, although experiential education transcended his formal learning. Furthermore, Nick delivered individualized presentations to classrooms from 15 to nearly 400 students promoting his university’s multicultural certificate, which emphasizes an education on multicultural and global issues.

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John Cousins – Partnership Manager

John Cousins – Partnership Manager

John is an educator committed to bringing meaningful learning experiences to students. He spent his childhood exploring the forests near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, where his curiosity grew into a fascination with the way the natural world works. As a junior high science teacher he supported students as they learned to use models to understand the world around them and he worked with teachers to develop and implement equitable and ambitious curriculum and instructional practices. While not teaching, you will most likely find John if you catch him on a run, stumble upon him reading in a cafe, or meet up with him after a backpacking trip. He is currently sharing his love of nature and learning with students as he joins them on journeys of outdoor adventure, team building, and personal...

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Andrew Wicks – NIST Experiential Program Manager (Contract)

Andrew Wicks – NIST Experiential Program Manager (Contract)

Andrew is an educator and facilitator from the United States who moved to Thailand in 2016. With a background in Economics and Political Science, he spent a number of years running outdoor and faith based youth programming across the USA, with a special emphasis on service learning. Since moving to Asia, he has facilitated programs with the JUMP! Experiences team and in 2017 joined the NIST Experiential Education program team. Andrew enjoys soccer, travel, politics, skiing, TED talks and being outdoors.

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Isabela Coelho – NIST Experiential Education Program Director

Isabela Coelho  – NIST Experiential Education Program Director

Isabela directs and manages all projects related to staff development, program innovation and risk management. Born in Brazil, Isabela’s experience has been varied in the field of international experiential education and performing arts. She’s had the good fortune to have studied, lived and worked in many countries such as the US, Nicaragua, Mexico, Australia, Spain and Brazil, and travelled extensively around the world. Isabela is a starter and thrive on meaningful challenges, having established many projects and programs successfully. Her career path has always been passion led. Her unique experience range from performing with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Wise Fool and Teatro de Los Sentidos, contributing to community-oriented projects with underserved youth through the Miami Performing Arts Center, Sister-City Project and the UNESCO Universal Cultural Forum, to leading the Brazil Program as Country Director for Where There Be Dragons and Global Citizen Year. One of her bold achievements was to combine her work in the arts and education to found and lead the Organization of Permaculture and Art – OPA in Bahia, Brazil. She loves to spend time in nature, practice yoga, dance and play with her little son. Isabela holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of...

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Lauren Donnison – Thailand Partnership Manager

Lauren Donnison – Thailand Partnership Manager

Since Lauren first visited Asia in 2005 she knew from then that she wanted to call it home. She always had a passion to work with people and working in the field of community development. Her first working adventure in Asia took her to South Korea where she taught English. Then she completed her MA in International Development at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Following this, she worked with World Education on the Thai- Myanmar Border training young adults in community development. She then moved into Myanmar in 2014 to work in the field of access to justice and legal education with BABSEACLE. She is very excited to be back in Bangkok and to be joining the JUMP! team and the JUMP!...

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Monica Davis – North America Partnership Manager

Monica Davis – North America Partnership Manager

Monica is a life enthusiast who views the world as a continual opportunity for adventure and learning. Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Monica has a myriad of experience event planning regionally and nationally. Some of her projects include: the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, two tours with The David Suzuki Foundation (ENGO), and TED Talks. She graduated from Capilano University with a B.A. in Tourism Management. Work has taken Monica to SE Asia, the USA, England, across Canada and through BC. After four years of JUMP! contract work Monica was impassioned by what she was part of and started a JUMP! hub in Canada. With great support from the JUMP! team she has been building it up since Jan...

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Qin Dong – Program Officer

Qin Dong – Program Officer

Qin was born in Shanxi province and majored in Philosophy at Jilin University. While she was in college, she had a life-changing experience: an study abroad trip to Finland. It was her first chance to immerse herself in a different culture and start to reflect on the educational system she grew up with in China. Driven by the desire to delve deeper into international education, she then chose to do her 6-month internship at GJIS, one of the leading international schools in Jakarta. In Qin’s early stage of professional life, nothing had a bigger impact on her understanding of rural China than her two-year Teach for China fellowship in a remote town in Yunnan Province. It helped her realize that the meaning of education is not just to help the students develop learning skills, but to motivate them to have a wider range of personal development and then to develop the community they live in. After finishing her fellowship, she entered the corporate world and expected to be influential in boosting community development; however, it came to a point that she became clearly aware that her own passion was still in education, and she soon jumped over to one of the best experiential learning programs in the world:...

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Linda Zhang – Operations Officer

Linda Zhang – Operations Officer

Linda was born in the northeast of China. During her early age, she moved a lot along with her parents and grew up in more than 6 provinces in China, which developed her insight and passion for experiencing various cultural environments. After graduating from college in China, majoring in English and Economics, she went to the UK and received her Master’s in marketing and management. Before JUMP!, she worked as the program manager in an animal protection NGO for 3 years,  being true to her love and passion for animals. During the experience of working on campaigns and fundraising, she realized that youth education is definitely worth devoting her...

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Mengya Wang – Program Officer

Mengya Wang – Program Officer

Mengya was born and raised in Beijing, China. Instead of signing a contract to play professional volleyball in China, Mengya chose to pursue higher education in the U.S. and play NCAA Division 1 volleyball on a full scholarship. She got on an exciting journey through Kansas, Washington, California, and Peru. With over ten years of experience in playing and coaching at high-level volleyball teams, she has developed strong interests in learning and training teamwork and leadership. After receiving an MBA from Dominican University of California, Mengya is now back to her homeland and continue to pursue her passion for education as well as the work of non-profit...

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Winn Anuworakarn – Finance Officer

Winn Anuworakarn – Finance Officer

Winn was born in Thailand, lived in the UK and Australia for 13 years where he completed his degrees in accounting and IT. He has moved back to Thailand since 2014. He has a passion for travel, culture and arts. He enjoys playing Sudoku and badminton.

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Joshua Gortney – Director of JUMP! China

Joshua Gortney – Director of JUMP! China

Born in Northeast Ohio, Joshua Gortney can tell you every notable person who was born, raised, or spent any significant amount of time in the Buckeye state. Joshua went to undergrad on a track scholarship, but his plans to become an Olympic pole vaulter took a backseat to his plans to intersect his interests in politics, education, and travel.

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Irene Wu – JUMP! Development Partnership Manager

Irene Wu – JUMP! Development Partnership Manager

Forever a practical idealist, Irene has tried to create meaningful social changes by performing as a professional musician, teaching youngsters in schools, contributing to state-wide education initiatives and federal research studies, and working on community development projects. Born in Beijing and raised in Japan and Hong Kong, Irene took a leap of faith to theUnited States at the age of 15 in search for a better education. Her experience living and working in five drastically varied countries across three continents convinced her that social cohesion is a prerequisite for sustainable development, and education is the gateway to achieving social cohesion. Irene is incredibly grateful and humbled that through her work with JUMP!, she gets to work alongside future generations as they discover their responsibility as global citizens, develop as changemakers, and ultimately, work collectively to leave the world a little bit (or a lot) better than how they inherited...

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Duke Xu – China Partnership Manager

Duke Xu – China Partnership Manager

Duke is proud to be a native Shanghainese who knows where to find the most authentic local food in the city. He obtained his Master’s degree in International Education Policy & Management at Vanderbilt University. Along the journey, Duke initiated two technology start-up projects that one of the top accelerators in China has invested in as co-founder. He also led a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting stronger relationships between college students from China and the U.S.

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Yufei Du – Program Manager

Yufei Du – Program Manager

Yufei was born in Shandong Province of China, the hometown of both Confucius and Tsingtao Beer. He spent his first 17 years in China as some sort of “a good student;” later he went to college at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Although Yufei had majors in both International Relations and Economics, his curiosity has led him seek knowledge far beyond fixed academic disciplines.

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Coco Chen – Program Manager

Coco Chen – Program Manager

Born and raised in a countryside of Hunan province, in the Southern part of China, Coco Chen spent most of her childhood playing outside or playing ping-pong and badminton with her friends. She recently graduated from the China University of Geoscience in Beijing in June 2014, where she spent her days studying English a bit, but mostly doing volunteer jobs, making new friends in the community, and exploring different places in China.

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Esmeralda Herrera – Program Officer (Princeton in Asia Fellow)

Esmeralda Herrera – Program Officer (Princeton in Asia Fellow)

Hailing from Bronx, NYC, Esmeralda Herrera holds a Bachelor degree from Reed College where she studied Linguistics and Political Science. Since then Esmeralda has worked in over 15 public/alternative schools in both New York City and Portland, Oregon. In Portland she has led her own alternative educational program with a strong social work lens. Mrs. Herrera has both grown-up and engaged in a diverse set of programming and event management for organizations like Harlem’s Children Zone, AmeriCorps, Reed College’s Office for Institutional Diversity, and Cascade Aids to name a few.

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Chris Lin – Director of Finance & Operations

Chris Lin – Director of Finance & Operations

Chris hails from Washington DC and joins JUMP! to head finance, operations and strategy across the organization. He comes to JUMP! with over a decade of experience in building financial sustainability and growth strategies in various organizations ranging from NGO’s to Fortune 500 corporations. He now dedicates his knowledge and experience in creating meaningful impact to global communities with JUMP.

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Xueyan Liu – Senior Operations Manager – China

Xueyan Liu – Senior Operations Manager – China

Xueyan was born in Jiangsu Province in Southern China. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Economics, she moved to Germany to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technology University of Munich in 2004. After worked in the business sector for over four years, she realized that the sustainable development and social responsibilities in enterprises are very important topics for emerging China.

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Rebecca Walker – Southeast Asia Partnership Manager

Rebecca Walker – Southeast Asia Partnership Manager

Rebecca grew up by the sea in Plymouth, England, where she enjoyed summer evenings building fires on the beach and winter walks snow-hunting in the moors. She trained as a dancer in London, worked with a dance company of adults with learning difficulties whilst studying, and spent time with an NGO in Namibia that uses dance to educate young people about HIV and AIDS. These experiences saw her cultivate a passion for the arts and social change which she focused on in her dissertation. Since studying she has indulged in her geeky love for all things excel, working as a continuous improvements analyst in the banking sector.

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Hayley Hucks – Program Manager

Hayley Hucks – Program Manager

Hayley hails from the gloriously sunny state of California, where she spent most of her childhood exploring the seas of Santa Cruz with her surf board. Upon graduating with a double major in English Literature and Children’s Theatre, she began leading multi-day backcountry trips for through the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and Sequoia National Park.

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